Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal
There is no dearth of Hindu temples in the world dedicated to a variety of gods. But some temples are considered holier than the others. One of the most renowned of temples is the Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal. Pashupati is dedicated to Lord Shiva and literally means ‘lord of animals’.
It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, Kathmandu. Even though it is barred to non-Hindus, others can get a good view of the temple from the opposite bank of the river.
The temple is truly a masterpiece of architecture. It is a square, two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth, and it stands 23.6 meters above the ground with richly ornamented gilt and silver-plated doors.
The roof is made from copper and is covered with gold. The struts under the roofsare decorated with wood carvings of Parvati, Ganesh, Kumar or the Yoginis, as well as Hanuman, Rama, Sita, Lakshman and other gods and goddesses. The golden statue of Nandi is one of the most alluring of decorations of the temple.